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Super Bowl Heroes

Houston is no stranger to the Super Bowl. Despite never having a team from Houston play in the big game the history of the Super Bowl can’t be written without highlighting the contributions of our hometown. There are 118 players who grew up in Houston and Southeast Texas that have gone on to play in the Super Bowl, with at least one player from the area competing in 48 of the last 50 Super Bowls.

Some Houstonians have played in as many as four Super Bowls (Larry Izzo, Ted Johnson, Thurman Thomas) and have won as many as three Super Bowl rings (Cliff Branch, Larry Izzo, Tim McKyer, Ted Johnson). Five of our native sons on this list (Darrell Green, Mike Singletary, Michael Strahan, Emmitt Thomas, Thurman Thomas) have gone on to become members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Below, you will see and read about Houston’s rich Super Bowl history, Houston’s contributions to the game and how these men came from our neighborhoods to reach the biggest stage in sports. We encourage everyone to take a moment to reflect on the impact Houston and the surrounding area has had on the Super Bowl through the years.


Bobby Leopold

Bobby Leopold

Position: LB High School: Port Arthur Lincoln Team: SF Superbowl(s): XVI
Won Super Bowl
D.D. Lewis

D.D. Lewis

Position: LB High School: Aldine Team: SEA Superbowl(s): XL
Won Super Bowl
Photo courtesy of the Seattle Seahawks
Michael Lewis

Michael Lewis

Position: DB High School: Lamar Consolidated Team: PHI Superbowl(s): XXXIX
Won Super Bowl
Dexter Manley

Dexter Manley

Position: DL High School: Yates Team: WAS Superbowl(s): XVII, XVIII, XXII
Won Super Bowl
Photo courtesy of the Washington Redskins
Jason Mathews

Jason Mathews

Position: OT High School: Bridge City Team: TEN Superbowl(s): XXXIV
Won Super Bowl
Photo courtesy of the Tennessee Titans
Tommy Maxwell

Tommy Maxwell

Position: DB High School: Jones Team: BAL Superbowl(s): V
Won Super Bowl
Photo courtesy of the Indianapolis Colts
Keenan McCardell

Keenan McCardell

Position: WR High School: Waltrip Team: TB Superbowl(s): XXXVII
Won Super Bowl
Photo courtesy of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
George McCullough

George McCullough

Position: DB High School: Galveston Ball Team: TEN Superbowl(s): XXXIV
Won Super Bowl
Photo courtesy of the Tennessee Titans
Tim McKyer

Tim McKyer

Position: DB High School: Port Arthur Lincoln Team: SF, DEN Superbowl(s): XXIII, XXIV, XXXII
Won Super Bowl
Photo courtesy of the Denver Broncos
Christine Micheal

Christine Micheal

Position: RB High School: Beaumont West Brook Team: SEA Superbowl(s): XLIX
Won Super Bowl
Photo courtesy of the Seattle Seahawks

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